SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Junior Caitlin Brooks was named the Big Sky Conference Pitcher of the Week after picking up a complete-game victory against Northern Colorado in her only appearance last week.
The right-hander returned from injury, and despite pitching for the first time since March 8, allowed just two hits and one run while striking out nine batters over six innings in the Hornets' 9-1 mercy-rule shortened victory against the Bears.
For Brooks, it marked the second Big Sky weekly honor of the season (Feb. 25). A reigning first team all-conference selection, she has now received Big Sky Pitcher of the Week honors seven times during her three-year career.
The Escalon, Calif., native faced four batters over the minimum, threw 101 pitches, and allowed just two hits and two walks over six innings. The nine strikeouts were one shy of her season high and she struck out the side in the sixth inning to end the game. Northern Colorado finished the game with a .100 batting average.
Brooks is now 5-4 with a 1.30 ERA this season. In nine starts, she has thrown eight complete games and opponents have combined to hit just .205 when she is in the circle. The 1.30 ERA is the 20th best mark in the nation.
Sacramento State (17-16, 6-2) will play four road games this week, including a non-conference tilt Tuesday night at Pacific, and a three-game Big Sky series this Friday and Saturday at Idaho State. The Hornets currently sit in a tie for first place in the league standings at the midway point of the conference season.